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Expansion Sounders FC to open 2009 season

Major League Soccer released its 2009 schedule Wednesday, and will feature its newest team right away. Seattle Sounders FC wil host the New York Red Bulls on Thursday, March 19. The game will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.

The complete schedule is available here.

And in case you're curious about the status of Miami's bid for an expansion franchise, we hear that an announcement will be made in the next seven weeks. Of course, you'll know as soon as we do.

In other MLS news:

D.C. United re-signs McTavish

Chivas USA signs Canadian defender Jazic

And from earlier: Beckham considering staying with AC Milan